Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The ceiling of the pedestrian walkway on the new Tawatinâ LRT bridge will feature 400 paintings by Métis artist David Garneau.
- Transcend Coffee is closing its Mercer Warehouse location as of February 26, blaming a lack of traffic from Rogers Place for the failure of the cafe.
- A new video series features Edmontonians sharing their experiences with infill. The videos are part of the Everyone’s Edmonton campaign from the City and can be watched on YouTube. They were recorded last year.
- The City is looking for input on the need for public washrooms in central areas of Edmonton. Fill out the survey here by February 8.
- Mayor Don Iveson has joined the big city mayors’ national fentanyl task force which aims to share best practices for combatting the opioid crisis while lobbying the federal and provincial governments to invest.
- Edmonton now has a Women’s Quality of Life Scorecard and the first version found “that Edmonton women are above or on par with Canadian women in the three indicators of finance and economy, education, and health and wellness” but we rank lower “in the two indicators of safety and leadership, and political empowerment and participation”.
- Yellow Pencil is the firm behind the City of Edmonton’s new website and they recently posted an interesting deep dive on the project.
- Our latest Taproot Edmonton story explores the value of putting Edmonton’s Indigenous past and present on the map by explaining why place names matter.
- Though fire destroyed the Italian Bakery last year, they’re bouncing back with a larger space on 118 Avenue and a new location in St. Albert.
- I had to miss the Cultivating Connections event this weekend but it sounds like there was lots of great discussion about sustainable food in Alberta. Be sure to check out the Edmonton Food Council blog for more.
- If you know a deserving Edmontonian who has “enhanced the quality of life in Edmonton through their participation in arts and culture, sports, or community service” then consider nominating them for a Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame Award. The deadline for nominations is February 16.
- Great to see this feature on City Hall School which an estimated 5,000 students have attended over the last decade or so.
- Edmonton’s NextGen has released the speaker lineup for the winter-themed Pecha Kucha Night 27, which takes place in a couple weeks. Get your tickets here.
- Make Something Edmonton recently launched a redesigned website.
- For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.
Edmonton Winter, photo by IQRemix
- February is National Responsible Pet Ownership Month so the City has shared some responsible pet ownership principles.
- Tuesday this week is Homeward Trust’s fundraising event Toque Tuesday. Watch for volunteers selling toques at LRT stations, shopping centers, and other locations.
- The Oil Kings host the Broncos on Wednesday, the Pats on Friday, and the Hitmen on Sunday.
- Nerd Nite Edmonton #32 takes place on Wednesday at The Needle Vinyl Tavern.
- The Edmonton RV Expo takes place at the Edmonton Expo Centre from Thursday through Sunday.
- The Silver Skate Festival kicks off on Friday at Hawrelak Park.
- Also starting Friday is the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival with events taking place throughout the Edmonton region.
- The Oilers host the Blackhawks on Saturday at Rogers Place.
- The annual Hypothermic Half Marathon takes place in Edmonton at the Highlands Golf Club on Sunday.
- If you’re looking for things to do on Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out Linda’s post.
- Save the date for the Winter Cities Shake-Up Conference, taking place at the Shaw Conference Centre from February 16-18.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
Ice Castles, photo by Bo Lu